April 05 2016
The first-ever Elmira College Dance Marathon got off to a strong start after raising more than $10,000 at the inaugural event on Saturday, April 2. Monies raised benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.
“We raised a total of $10,693.19 all for the kids receiving care on the neonatal and pediatric floors at Arnot Health,” said Megan Barney ’17. “That total was more than double our original goal that we had set back in October. We had around 125 people in attendance, give or take. This included five miracle families, who shared their stories with us throughout the night.”
Participants danced, engaged in various activities, and stood for the duration of the event to symbolize the struggles experienced by the children served through the Children’s Miracle Network. The eight-hour event was held at the former St. Anthony’s Community Center located on the Elmira College campus.
“For me, hearing the stories of the miracle children and getting the chance to meet them was one of the coolest things,” said Barney ’17. “They are fighters, and just to see the smiles on their faces having fun was incredibly touching. To be able to more than double our goal in our first year was an accomplishment that we are incredibly proud of. Knowing the difference that we collectively made in the lives of children in the community is amazing, and the look on everyone's faces when we finally revealed our total is something I'll never forget.”
Planning for the 2017 Dance Marathon is already underway. To learn more about getting involved, “like” Elmira College Dance Marathon on Facebook and follow @elmiracollegedm on Instagram and Twitter.
About Children’s Miracle Network (CMN)
Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion—most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.